Extension series tackles eco-gardening

MALTA — Sustainable landscaping is part of a growing national effort in the landscaping industry.  Sustainable landscapes conserve and improve the environment, are esthetically pleasing and save money.

University of Illinois Extension will present a series of one-hour programs at Kishwaukee College focused on sustainable landscaping. Personalized advice will be given throughout the series on creating your own landscape plan.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, March 7: Introduction to Landscape Planning and Design. An Extension educator and a local landscape professional will offer an introduction to basic landscape design techniques and sustainable hardscapes.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, March 21: Right Plant, Right Location. Learn how to achieve energy efficiency in your home through proper planting, wind break installation and more.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, April 4: Sustainable Landscaping 101. Learn about various aspects of sustainable landscaping, including low-energy landscaping and sustainable weed control techniques.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, April 18: Water-Efficient Landscaping. Learn how to install a rain garden and plant a xeriscape. Proper mulching techniques for water conservation and water storage irrigation options will also be discussed.

• 6 p.m. Thursday, May 2: Gardening for Pollinators. Sustainable gardening can help attract and retain native pollinators in the garden. Learn how to select and retain the right plants for attracting pollinators, especially butterflies and hummingbirds, in your garden.

While these programs are designed for home gardeners, landscape professionals may also gain valuable knowledge. To register call 815-825-2086, ext. 2040. The cost for this program is $36 for the series or $12 per session.

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